Did I burn out my starter?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Larr75fj40, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. Larr75fj40

    Larr75fj40

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    I had my Cruiser sitting for a while and realized that I haven't started her for a while. Well apparently she didn't appreciate sitting for so long and I had a hell of a time starting her. Eventually she started but only after the battery just about went dead. I charged her up for around 20 mins and thought I'd turn her off and start it up again. Well to my disappointment, all I got was a click. I hooked up the cables in case I didn't get a charge but even after a jump, I only got a click. What gives? Starter go out? I can hear the solenoid engaging
  2. Poser

    Poser Oh...Durka Durka Durka. s-Moderator Supporting Vendor

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    Fully charge your battery and verify that all battery cable connections/ground connections are secure and see what you get.....
  3. Weedhopper

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    If you do what Poser tells you and nothing happens give the starter motor a little love tap with a rubber mallet. That may jiggle something to get it to start, but also means it's time to get the starter rebuilt.
  4. Pighead

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    No, you did not burn out your starter. It takes a lot to burn out a LC starter. I've climbed hills using just the starter. I've gotten out of the middle of intersections using just the starter.
    Agree that a few love taps with something other than a BFH (I've used a shoe before) avoiding the solenoid, often restore a starters starting ability.
    Sometimes jumping a starter with a big screwdriver blade or wrench between the two big post will turn the starter when the ignition switch won't.
    Usually just a good, honest 13.5 DC volts will do it.
  5. Larr75fj40

    Larr75fj40

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    I tapped it and no response so I got a bigger hammer. I tapped it again and still nothing so I got a bigger hammer. I whacked it, it still doesn't work and I'm out of hammers! I removed it and took it to the neighborhood Kragen for a match replacement. To my amazement they had one! Brought it home, installed it and works like a charm. $57 bucks with a lifetime warranty including 2 years roadside assistance! Amazing!!!
  6. Fast Eddy

    Fast Eddy SILVER Star

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    What about offroadside assistance? :whoops:
  7. Larr75fj40

    Larr75fj40

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    Lol! You bring up a good point though, AAA won't help you if you're off the pavement.

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